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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 01-07-2016, 12:06 PM
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Default Please critique my budgie diet plan

I've been researching all aspects of proper budgie care while waiting for my budgie baby to grow big enough to come home. I tend to be a big planner/overthinker, so I appreciate you putting up with my various questions while I get this all figured out. I've come up with what I hope is a good foundation for a proper budgie diet, but I want to double check I didn't completely overlook something.
  • Fresh water changed daily (or more as needed) available at all times
  • Organic ACV with the mother added in proper amount to the water a few times a week
  • Zupreem Fruitblend Small Keet Food pellets available at all times
  • Small amount (teaspoon?) of quality seed mix (
    Volkmans Parakeet Blend Volkmans Parakeet Blend
    ?) given daily
  • Fresh fruits and veggies (from the bird-safe list, preferably organic) offered daily
  • Cuttle bone in cage at all times (mineral block too? or calcium perches?)

I'd like to offer sprouted seeds as well, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've read you can sprout some things in the Volkman seed, but if anyone has a different brand they prefer I'd love recommendations.

Thanks for reading!

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The diet you have proposed is good, however I would talk to the breeder and find out what the bird has been weaned to. I would start with feeding the baby the same diet it has been fed and gradually transition it to what you have proposed. You may find that it is already on a similar diet. Also when the bird is going through a moult if you want to provide extra protein you can offer a bit of chopped up hard boiled egg, or if you prefer you can buy egg food and offer that. What are you plans for the cage size?
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The diet you have proposed is good, however I would talk to the breeder and find out what the bird has been weaned to. I would start with feeding the baby the same diet it has been fed and gradually transition it to what you have proposed. You may find that it is already on a similar diet. Also when the bird is going through a moult if you want to provide extra protein you can offer a bit of chopped up hard boiled egg, or if you prefer you can buy egg food and offer that. What are you plans for the cage size?
That's a good idea. I've always done a slow food transition if changing foods for for my dogs.. makes sense to do it for a bird too.

I'm 99% sure I'll be going with the Prevue F040. On the off chance I decide to get something different for whatever reason it will still be a sizable, flight-style cage.
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I have 4 of the F040's, the only thing I don't like is the food containers that come with the cage, no big thing, I just use something else, otherwise good choice.


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That's a good idea. I've always done a slow food transition if changing foods for for my dogs.. makes sense to do it for a bird too.

I'm 99% sure I'll be going with the Prevue F040. On the off chance I decide to get something different for whatever reason it will still be a sizable, flight-style cage.
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That is a great diet plan, and cody's advice on transition, and egg food is spot on. Good job researching, planning, and thinking these thing's through now, it will make everything so much better for you and your new bird...
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Sounds great! The only thing is that ZuPreem parakeet is too big for most budgies to eat, so I would get the Canary size (the only thing different is the size) so he can eat it better
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Sounds great! The only thing is that ZuPreem parakeet is too big for most budgies to eat, so I would get the Canary size (the only thing different is the size) so he can eat it better
Good to know! I'll switch the product on the Amazon list I've created to help me keep track of everything. Thanks!
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I'd like to offer sprouted seeds as well, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've read you can sprout some things in the Volkman seed, but if anyone has a different brand they prefer I'd love recommendations.

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I've been researching all aspects of proper budgie care while waiting for my budgie baby to grow big enough to come home. I tend to be a big planner/overthinker, so I appreciate you putting up with my various questions while I get this all figured out. I've come up with what I hope is a good foundation for a proper budgie diet, but I want to double check I didn't completely overlook something.
  • Fresh water changed daily (or more as needed) available at all times
  • Organic ACV with the mother added in proper amount to the water a few times a week
  • Zupreem Fruitblend Small Keet Food pellets available at all times
  • Small amount (teaspoon?) of quality seed mix (Volkmans Parakeet Blend?) given daily
  • Fresh fruits and veggies (from the bird-safe list, preferably organic) offered daily
  • Cuttle bone in cage at all times (mineral block too? or calcium perches?)

I'd like to offer sprouted seeds as well, but I haven't figured that part out yet. I've read you can sprout some things in the Volkman seed, but if anyone has a different brand they prefer I'd love recommendations.

Thanks for reading!
This sounds great. One teaspoon of seeds daily is enough to still have them be hungry enough to try the pellets. I would put the pellets up high and the seeds lower. Also, you can definitely sprout any fresh seed. I also like the sprout people's lil bird mix. The bag lasts for a few months in the fridge for just one bird sprouting once every other week--longer if you add fresh seed to it for variety.
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